18.02.2019

# Media

0 Comments

Chatham House: Cool idea or hi-tech madness?

"As the threat from climate change looms ever larger, growing attention is being paid to proposals that sound as if they come straight from a sci-fi novel. One idea is to spray the stratosphere with particulates to reflect sunlight, thus reducing the temperature of planet Earth."

LINK


Read more »

18.02.2019

# Media

0 Comments

Legal Planet: Does the Fossil Fuel Industry Support Geoengineering?

"Geoengineering is controversial in the climate change community, and understandably so. Proposed interventions like negative emissions technologies (a.k.a. carbon dioxide removal) and solar geoengineering (a.k.a. solar radiation management or SRM) involve large-scale intervention in the climate system that could have adverse physical or social impacts. At the same time, some geoengineering methods could substantially reduce climate change."

LINK


Read more »

18.02.2019

# Media

0 Comments

Project Syndicate: Geoengineering is a Dangerous Distraction

"A growing number of people are now considering the once-unthinkable strategy of geoengineering our way out of the climate crisis. Proposed approaches vary widely, but all share a few key features: they are technologically uncertain, environmentally risky, and more likely to accelerate the climate crisis than to reverse it."

LINK


Read more »

16.02.2019

# Media

0 Comments

Khaleej Times: Tampering with the weather could end in disaster

"To avoid crossing the 1.5°C threshold, the world must nearly halve its CO2 emissions by 2030, and reach net zero emissions by 2050. This will be possible only if we completely eliminate fossil fuels from the economy within the next few decades. Attempts to circumvent that reality will only make matters worse. We're at risk of doing just that. A growing number of people are now considering the once-unthinkable strategy of geoengineering our way out of the climate crisis."

LINK


Read more »

04.02.2019

# Calls & events

0 Comments

Call for Abstracts: The Regulation of New Technologies

Deadline: 28. February 2019

"The Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society (“TILT”) is organizing the second edition of the PhD Colloquium on "The Regulation of New Technologies" which will take place at Tilburg University on 20 June 2019. The organizers invite PhD researchers working on any of the themes covered by this Call for Papers (“CfP”) to submit an abstract of max. 300 words by 28 February 2019."

LINK


Read more »

08.10.2018

# Media

0 Comments

BBC News: Caution urged over use of 'carbon unicorns' to limit warming

"The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will shortly publish a report on how the world might stay below this limit. Early drafts said it would require machines to suck carbon out of the air. The ideas are unrealistic, said one expert, calling them "carbon unicorns"."

LINK


Read more »

08.10.2018

# Media

0 Comments

AllAfrica: As Climate Risks Rise, Scientists Call for Rules On Solar Engineering

"London — Technologies to reflect some of the sun's rays away from Earth, as a way to cool future runaway climate change, are moving closer to becoming a reality, and rules are needed now to govern them, scientists and other experts said on Monday."

LINK


Read more »

08.10.2018

# Media

0 Comments

The Maritime Executive: Report: Geoengineering Won't Achieve Paris Accord's Goals

"The countries of the world still need to cut their carbon dioxide emissions to reach the Paris Agreement’s climate targets. Relying on tree planting and alternative technological solutions such as geoengineering will not make enough of a difference."

LINK


Read more »

22.08.2018

# New Publications

0 Comments

Oschlies, A. (2018): Bewertung von Modellqualität und Unsicherheiten in der Klimamodellierung

Oschlies, A. (2018): Bewertung von Modellqualität und Unsicherheiten in der Klimamodellierung. In: Janich N.; Rhein L. (Hg.): Unsicherheit als Herausforderung für die Wissenschaft: Peter Lang D. DOI: 10.3726/b14379

"The chapter discusses sources of uncertainties in climate models and their possible impacts on the model results. The three criteria “adequacy”, “consistency” and “representativeness” are suggested for a comprehensive assessment of the quality of climate models. The fit to data determines the models representativeness. For many climate variables, such as precipitation, cloudiness and the climate sensitivity, this has not significantly improved from the second-to-last to the last assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)."

LINK


Read more »

30.07.2018

# New Publications

0 Comments

Irvine, Peter J.; et al. (2018): Brief communication. Understanding solar geoengineering's potential to limit sea level rise requires attention from cryosphere experts

Irvine, Peter J.; Keith, David W.; Moore, John (2018): Brief communication. Understanding solar geoengineering's potential to limit sea level rise requires attention from cryosphere experts. In: The Cryosphere 12 (7), S. 2501–2513. DOI: 10.5194/tc-12-2501-2018.

"Here we review the literature on solar geoengineering and the cryosphere and identify the key uncertainties that research could address. Solar geoengineering may be more effective at reducing surface melt than a reduction in greenhouse forcing that produces the same global-average temperature response. Studies of natural analogues and model simulations support this conclusion."

LINK


Read more »